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13 Examples of When Honesty Isn’t Always the Best Policy

They’re the young George Washingtons of the modern world; They  are the special kids that cannot tell lies. To some parents, this might seem like a dream come true. But as many of us know (and have learned the hard way), this isn’t always a good thing. Here are 15 hilarious, real-life examples shared by special parents of when honesty isn’t always the best policy:


  • “In a VERY quiet elevator at the Ronald McDonald House (lots of lowered immune systems coming and going…my son who was there for neuro/mental health stuff) loudly says, ‘Mom, remember that time you had an infectious disease?!'”
  • “When I came home with my new bob haircut, my 7-year old son with Aspergers said, ‘Mom you look like Willy Wonka! You should get a top hat!'”
  • “At about age 5,  my child sees our neighbor in his own driveway about four feet away, smoking and then yells loudly, ‘Doesn’t Ed know that smoking will KILL HIM?'”
  • “My 8-year old ( ASD ) when his nana was visiting, asked, “Nana what did you used to look like before you got old and creased?”
  • “My 2-year old told a woman at the shops that she ‘would be pretty if she had a different face.'”
  • “Several years ago I successfully lost weight through Weight Watchers. My son (severe ADHD & sensory processing), about 5 at the time, proceeded to tell EVERY overweight person we encountered about my success, and suggested they try it too.”
  • “When asked by his teacher to let other students answer questions, my son responded in front of the entire class, ‘It isn’t my fault they aren’t smart enough to answer as fast as I do. What am supposed to do, wait?'”
  • “My son to his therapist: ‘Why do you always have the same pants on? Don’t you ever do your laundry?'”
  • “At our community pool last summer, my son approached the lifeguard station to let them know, ‘we probably shouldn’t be here, we have lice,’ after a week of treatment!!”
  • “When my oldest was about 4, he went through his grammie’s house opening closet doors. When grammie asked what he was doing he replied, ‘looking for the skeletons, mommie said they were in your closets.'”
  • “On my last birthday, my 15-year old son (Asperger’s, GAD, OCD) cheerfully informed me that if I lived in the Middle Ages, I’d already be dead.”
  • “I was talking to a friend about my sons’ teacher and mentioned I thought he had a cute butt. My kids were playing and giggling away to each other so I thought nothing of it. The next day, my son went to school and told his teacher, ‘My mom has a HUGE crush on you and I mean HUGE. She said she likes your bum and bums are gross so if she likes yours, she must reaaaaalllllly like you.'”
  • “I was grocery shopping with my son who at the time was two. A larger woman in shorts 3 sizes to small walked by our cart. As she passed by, he shouted, ‘Hey lady, I think your shorts are broken. I can see your butt’ as loud he could.”

Do you have an example you’d like to share about your child? We’d love to hear it. Honestly.

4 Responses to 13 Examples of When Honesty Isn’t Always the Best Policy

  1. Jaycee Kemp March 8, 2016 at 4:36 am #

    That one time when I was out with my 10 year old with Aspergers and I ran into a former client (I am a clinical social worker) and he randomly says “Hey mom…do you remember that one time you held up the line in New York getting on the ferry to see the statue of liberty because you had a bottle of vodka in your purse?”

  2. Laura March 10, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

    First visit to the YM/WCA for a Mommy and Me swim; in the changing room with my 3 year old daughter preparing her for the pool. Other women around us doing same, when in came an extremely large and well endowed woman on the other side of the changing room. My little girl screams out “Mommy, look at the big breasts on that lady!”

  3. Nea Hanscomb March 14, 2016 at 3:35 am #

    You are so lucky your kids can say anything even if socially unacceptable. You can simply yell at the lifeguard that you son has autism.

    My son attends public spaces and he is on the opposite end of your spectrum. He doesn’t say anything. I wish he would.

    Count your lucky stars!

  4. Jyl Womack March 15, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

    My son, always caring towards others, asked a man in a wheelchair (selling pencils) what happened to his legs. He answered : “Well, son I lost’em”. My boy turns around, thinking, turns back and yells : I have an idea! You should look under your bed..I find ALL kinds of things I lost there!!!”

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